[at-l] Hiker found dead near Blood Mountain

Linda Patton lpatton at fsu.edu
Wed Sep 1 12:24:17 CDT 2010

The best place to be when it happens.  Hope he didn't suffer long.
~~ eArThworm

From: http://www.ajc.com/news/hiker-found-dead-on-603532.html

Hiker found dead on Appalachian Trail 

It appeared James J. Dutton had stopped for a rest. Poles in hand, pack still on his back, the Illinois man's lifeless body was discovered by local hikers Monday afternoon on the Appalachian Trail, just west of Blood Mountain.  "There doesn't appear to be any signs of foul play," said Darren Martin, an investigator with the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office. The county's coroner believes Dutton, 54, died of natural causes.  "His family has a history of heart problems, so a heart attack is likely what happened," said Ronald Fortner, Lumpkin County Coroner's Office investigator.  Fortner told the AJC Dutton had been dead 6 to 8 hours earlier. He was not reported missing.

And from: http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=231872

Hiker found dead on AT in Lumpkin County

DAHLONEGA - Hikers on the Appalachian Trail in Lumpkin County found a man dead Monday afternoon. 
Investigator Darren Martin with the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Department said 54-year-old James J. Dutton was found leaning against a rock on the trail. Martin said it appears he died from natural causes, although an investigation continues.  "We are talking to the family and to other medical personnel that have dealt with him," said Martin.  Authorities received the call from the AT around 1:30 p.m., and Martin said it took over an hour for authorities to hike to the area where Dutton's body was discovered.  Dutton, who is from out of state, apparently had been hiking from Amicalola Falls to Blood Mountain

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